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Installing the Arduino IDE on Windows 10

In earlier posts on installing the Arduino IDE on your computer we only talked about installing it on Linux. For completeness, we will be installing the IDE on Windows 10 this time.

Three ways to install the Arduino IDE on Windows

On Windows, there are 3 ways you can install the IDE on your PC:

  1. Download and execute the installer (all Windows versions): the recommended way to go. The Installer installs also drivers but is only for when you have administrator rights on your Windows account.
  2. Download the .zip archive (also all Windows versions): for when you have no administrator rights. You will have to install the drivers manually.
  3. Dowload and install the IDE as an app from the Windows Store (Windows 10 only): this is quick and easy, but not recommended. This option will probably install an older version which probably has some issues.

Install the Arduino IDE on Windows using the installer

In this tutorial we choose the recommended option and use the automated installer to make things as easy as possible. First, go to the official downloads page and choose “Windows Installer”.

Arduino Windows 10 download page
Download page

On the next page, choose “JUST DOWNLOAD” or “CONTRIBUTE & DOWNLOAD”. The installer will now be downloaded.

Arduino Windows 10: contribute or just download
Contribute or just download

Start the .exe file you just downloaded. Choose “Yes” to trust the installer to make changes to your computer.  Then, agree to the License Agreement.

Adruino Windows 10 license agreement
Windows 10 license agreement

Select the components to install (recommended to leave all selected).

Arduino Windows 10 setup installation options
Windows 10 setup installation options

Choose the installation folder (recommended to keep the default) and click install.

Arduino windows 10 setup installation folder
Windows 10 setup installation folder

Wait for the installer to finish.

Arduino Windows 10 setup installing
Windows 10 setup installing

Click Install to install the Adafruit driver.

Arduino Windows 10 Adafruit driver installation
Windows 10 Adafruit driver installation

Click the Install button to install the USB driver.

Windows 10 first USB driver installation
Windows 10 first USB driver installation

Click the Install butto to install the second USB driver.

Windows 10 second USB driver installation
Windows 10 second USB driver installation

Setup completed!

Geekcreit® UNO R3 ATmega328P Development Board
Arduino Uno Rev3 compatible board, tested and recommended by OneGuyOneBlog.com:

Geekcreit® UNO R3 ATmega328P Development Board
Geekcreit® ATmega328P Compatible Nano V3 Improved Version With USB Cable
Arduino Nano Rev3 compatible board, tested and recommended by OneGuyOneBlog.com:

Geekcreit® ATmega328P Compatible Nano V3 Improved Version With USB Cable
Geekcreit® MEGA 2560 R3 ATmega2560-16AU MEGA2560 Development Board With USB Cable
Arduino Mega Rev3 compatible board, tested and recommended by OneGuyOneBlog.com:

Geekcreit® MEGA 2560 R3 ATmega2560-16AU MEGA2560 Development Board With USB Cable

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